None of us is born with a manual that gives explicit rules for thought and behaviour that will enable us to navigate life successfully. Each of us develops a set of routines and habits to ground us so we can cope with the complexities to which all of humanity is subject. their continuity assuring us that life is progressing normally. Most of us instinctively know that transformations can be uncomfortable, but we always learn and gain so much. Any discomfort we experience when expanding our comfort zones diminishes gradually as we become accustomed to change and begin to understand that temporary discomfort is a small price to pay for the transformation.
Your current comfort zone did serve a purpose in your life. But it is representative of behaviours and patterns of thought that empowered you to cope with challenges of days past. Now, your comfort zone does not facilitate the growth you wish to achieve in the present. Leaving your comfort zone behind through personal expansion of any kind can prepare you to take the larger leaps that will, in time, help you refine your purpose. Work your way outward at your own pace, and try not to let your discomfort interfere with your resolve. With the passage of each well-earned triumph, you will have grown and your comfort zone will have expanded to accommodate this evolution.
Whether your comfort zone is living with your parents, or perhaps being too shy to socialise, or maybe not changing the filling in your sandwich, whatever it is, start small, and you will discover that venturing beyond the limited comfort zone you now cling to is not as stressful an experience as you imagined it might be. And the joy you feel upon challenging yourself in this way will nearly always outweigh your discomfort. As you continue to expand your comfort zone to include new ideas, activities, goals, and experiences, you will see that you are capable of stimulating change and coping with the fresh challenges that accompany it.
Professional Award Winning Transformational Coach, Consultant
Founder of MAGGIE CURRIE COACHING